Probably one of my all time favorite projects I have completed in the last 6 months. Simple in many aspects but used 5/4 stock for the top and it just made a robust piece. The material was grown and harvested from Indiana and hand selected to make the perfect table. The table was aprx 8ft in length and weighed about 250 lbs. Having the pieces all line up and come out smooth and flat was a bit of a challenge. Although Cherry is hard the grain provide the perfect hardness for the router bits to place a crisp edge in the wood and also a very aromatic wood. I am looking forward to doing another cherry project very soon. The part of the project that was very sad was having to put ebony stain on it. I know what you are saying but it was not for me.